Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 17)

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The Knights Templar had been initiated into the secret knowledge of the Toledot Yeshu, which book a sect known as the Johannites claimed was written by St. John, author of the Gospel bearing his name. But the entire story of the Templars being initiated by the Johannites depends almost completely upon certain documents unearthed in 1811. The Ordre du Temple documents claimed that Hugues de Payens, first Grand Master of the Templars, had been initiated in 1118 into the secrets of “the Primitive Christian Church” by the Sovereign Patriarch Theoclet, sixtieth in direct succession from St. John the Apostle. [1]

The Ordre du Temple documents, besides containing the disputed Charter of Larmenius, offer a manuscript written in Greek which gives the history of the Primitive Church as follows (synopsis): Moses was initiated in Egypt. He knew how to surmount the power of the Egyptian Mages and thereby delivered his companions. Aaron and his descendants became the depositories of the secret knowledge. Jesus was taught at the school of Alexandria, in Egypt, and achieved all the degrees of Egyptian initiation. When Jesus returned to Jerusalem, he rent the veil which concealed the truth from the people. He conferred evangelical initiation upon his apostles and disciples and divided them into several orders after the practice of John, the beloved disciple, whom he had instituted Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch. Up to about the year 1118 the original teachings of the Primitive Church were carefully preserved, a sacred trust kept clear of all adulteration. The true Christians, the Johannites, impressed by the courage and piety of the original Knights Templar, confided to them their secret knowledge. Hughes de Payens was invested with the Apostolic Patriarchal power and placed in the legitimate order of the successors of St. John. Such is the origin of the foundation of the Order of the Temple. [1]

Between the time of “Moses the initiate” and Jesus who rent the veil, King Solomon figures prominently in the Masonic lore. Flavius Josephus records how Solomon built many ships in the Egyptian Bay of the Red Sea. This port became useful for shipping. Hiram, King of Tyre, sent “men thither for pilots, and such as were skilful in navigation; to whom Solomon gave this command: That they should go along with his own stewards to the land that was of old called Ophir, but now the Aurea Chersonesus, which belongs to India, to fetch him gold.” [2]

The seamen of Tyre were, in other words, the Phoenicians. “That the Phoenicians ventured on long voyages, there can be no question, for Herodotus makes a distinct statement to this effect, and says they were accustomed to steer by the pole-star.” [3]

“Of all the nations of their time, the Phoenicians stood in the front rank. In the practical arts, as well as in the exact sciences, they were in their own wide sphere, without a competitor. They were masons, dyers, glass-blowers, workers in metal, and at the same time carpenters and shipbuilders, but beyond all other peoples, navigators and explorers, being the first to face the dangers of the open ocean, and make known to civilized nations, not only the remoter regions of Asia, Africa and Europe, but… the first to discover America, and the authors of the ancient and high civilization found there, which, up to this time [1892], has been an unsolved enigma.” [3]

In Esoteric Shakespeare (Part 16) it was explored how Francis Bacon was an important member of the Rosicrucians, a secret society whose heyday ended around the time of Bacon’s death in 1626. The Rosicrucians, in turn, connect with the Modern Rite of Freemasonry, which connects with the Antient Rite and the escape of fugitive Templars in 1307.

Christopher Frederick Nicolai, a learned bookseller of Berlin, wrote and published, in 1783, an Essay on the Accusations made against the Order of Knights Templar and their Mystery with an appendix on the Origin of the Fraternity of Freemasons. [4] This seems to be the same “Nicolai” mentioned by author William F.C. Wigston, who claims that Nicolai had written that Francis Bacon was the founder of Modern Rite Freemasonry and was also a Rosicrucian. [5] John Heydon (1629 – c. 1667) was an English Neoplatonist occult philosopher, Rosicrucian, astrologer and attorney. Among his books was one titled Voyage to the Land of the Rosicrucians. This book is largely a copy of Francis Bacon’s book, The New Atlantis. Heydon’s book is mentioned here due to its “Land of the Rosicrucians” substitution for Bacon’s “New Atlantis.” (Forgotten Books even publishes Bacon’s New Atlantis as The New Atlantis: Or, Voyage to the Land of the Rosicrucians.)

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And what does Francis Bacon, guiding force behind the “Shakespeare” plays, Rosicrucian, and alleged founder of Modern Rite Freemasonry have to say? In The New Atlantis: Or, Voyage to the Land of the Rosicrucians, Bacon tells us…

“You shall understand (that which perhaps you will scarce think credible) that about 3,000 years ago, or somewhat more, the navigation of the world (especially for remote voyages) was greater than at this day…”

“The Phoenicians, and especially the Tyrians, had great fleets; so had the Carthaginians their colony, which is yet farther west. Toward the east the shipping of Egypt, and of Palestine, was likewise great. China also, and the great Atlantis (that you call America), which have now but junks and canoes, abounded then in tall ships…”

“…yet so much is true, that the said country of Atlantis, as well that of Peru, then called Coya, as that of Mexico, then named Tyrambel, were mighty and proud kingdoms, in arms, shipping, and riches…”

——- Sources ——-
[1] Webster, Nesta H. Secret Societies & Subversive Movements. Brooklyn, NY: A&B Books, 1994. First published 1924.
[2] Flavius Josephus. Antiquities of the Jews. 8.6.4
[3] Johnston, Thomas Crawford. “Did the Phoenicians Discover America?”. A Special Bulletin of the Geographical Society of California. Appearing in the “California Illustrated Magazine”, Nov. and Dec. 1892
[4] “History of Freemasonry: The Royal Society and the Freemasons”. http://www.co-masonry.org/History/RoyalSociety.aspx
[5] Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians, by William Francis C. Wigston. Republished by kessinger.net

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